WISCA School for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Watson Institute Social Center for Academic Achievement (WISCA) at the W. Bruce Thomas Education Center in Sharpsburg, the Harry S. Tack Education Center campus in Sewickley, and at the Education Center South campus in South Fayette is a special education school program designed to meet the individual needs of children and adolescents with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder who require therapeutic intervention and supports that cannot be delivered in a traditional classroom setting.

Watson is committed to providing a safe, comfortable, flexible, and supportive environment so that each student can experience success in learning.

WISCA Special Education School Program for Children with Autism

  • Online curriculum and in-class instruction tailored to meet the needs of each student with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Therapeutic support and instruction to help students achieve goals outlined in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
  • Student enrollment in classes is based on their grade level, cognitive level, and graduation requirements per their home school district. Electives are based on students’ interests.
  • Outpatient behavioral health services are offered as part of WISCA’s  comprehensive supports to students; these services are not required and are not reserved strictly for students at the Watson Institute.

Special Education Transition to Adulthood

Students in the WISCA program are provided with life skills supports and development to help prepare them for graduation and their special education transition into adulthood. Special Education Transition Services such as In-House Vocational Experiences (IHVE) and Community Based Instruction (CBI) provide pre-vocational experiences in practical settings such as on-campus, and at local community businesses and organizations. These programs help students with special needs work on functional and social skills development to prepare for their next step into adulthood.

For more information or to refer a student to WISCA, contact Meagan Trimbur, M.Ed., Educational Liaison.

412-749-2805 or [email protected]

Special Education Career Opportunities

Are you interested in a special education career at the Watson Institute? Check out our current openings and apply today!


Additional Resources:

WISCA 2022-2023 School Calendar

2022-2023 WISCA Student Handbook